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  • E-mailingrid.halland@uib.no
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    Faculty of Humanities
    Sydnesplassen 7
    5020 Bergen
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Ingrid Halland is an architecture historian and art critic. At the University of Bergen, she teaches 20th century architecture history and theory, as well as contemporary art theory, politics of aesthetics, and art historiography. Halland is also Programme Coordinator for Art History.  

She is also associate professor II at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where she teaches at the PhD programme.​ 

Her research interests include: art and architecture from the 1960s and 1970s, contemporary art theory, material histories (in particular plastic, concrete, titanium dioxide), cybernetics/systems theory, environmental humaneties, continental philosophy/aesthetics, exhibition history, and museology.

Her academic work is published in journals such as Log, Aggregate, Journal of Design History, Arkitektur N, Kunst og kultur and Journal Nordic Museology, and her work as an art critic is published in art magazines, museum catalogues, and artist books. The book Ung Uro: Unsettling Climates in Nordic Art, Architecture & Design was published by Cappelen Damm Akademisk in 2021. She is also founder and editor-in-chief of Metode, a publishing platform by ROM for kunst og arkitektur.  

Halland is the Principal Investigator of the research project «How Norway Made the World Whiter» funded by The Research Council of Norway (Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal), 2023 – 2028, and Co-Principle Investigator of the research project «The Materiality of White», led by Associate Professor Marte Johnslien, funded by Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (DIKU), 2022 – 2025.

Interview about Halland's upcoming research project 'Deep Surface: Rethinking Surfaces in the Age of Technology (c. 1900 – today) with Architecture and Design'

The article "'With-On' White: Inconspicuous Modernity with and on Aesthetic Surfaces, 1910–1950" by Ingrid Halland and Marte Johnslien is the first research publication on titanium white, and was published by Aggregate in January 2023.

I supervise MA projects in architectural history, design history, art from the 20th century, contemporary art, museology, art theory and art historiography.

Teaching Spring 2023

KUN256 Area Study with Bachelor's Thesis, topic spring 2023 'Athens'

KUN323 Research Specialization in Art History: Fieldwork, Academic Environments and Scholarly Community

KUN260 Modern and contemporary art, architecture, and visual culture, topic spring 2023 'The Politics of Contemporary Arts'


Teaching Fall 2022

KUN108 - Art, Architecture and Visual Culture 1950-today (was tought in English) 

KUN254 Moderne og samtidskunst med bacheloroppgåve (topic fall 2022 'The Exhibition as Research')


Teaching Spring 2022

KUN106 - Art, Architecture and Visual Culture 1750-1950 

KUN201 - Art Theory, Aesthetics and Historiography


Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). “With-On” White: Inconspicuous Modernity with and on Aesthetic Surfaces, 1910–1950. Aggregate.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Seeds for New Beginnings? Ecological Uncertainty, Blurry Ideology, and Speculative Design at the Universitas symposium, 1972. Journal of Design History. 1-16.
  • Show author(s) (2020). The Unstable Object: Glifo, Blow and Sacco at MoMA, 1972. Journal of Design History. 329-345.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Being Plastic. Log.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Arkitekturteoriens nye relevans. Arkitektur N.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Hvor er nødutgangen? Spekulativ kunsthistorie i antropocen. Kunst og kultur. 208-217.
  • Show author(s) (2016). (Re)working the Past, (Dis)playing the Future. Italy: The New Domestic Landscape at MoMA, 1972. Proceedings of DRS.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Systematikk og kulturhistorie: Jens Thiis, Hans Dedekam og debatten om en utstillingsreform. Kunst og kultur. 92-103.
  • Show author(s) (2023). TiO2 Synergies: Methods in arts-based humanities .
  • Show author(s) (2023). Restless: Towards a New Art Ethics.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Panel discussion for seminar on Nasjonale Turistveger.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Is White Paint Racist? Archival Gaps and Public Participation as Methods in Art Historical Research.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Conversation with Ingrid Halland, Jakob Oredsson, Petrine Vinje on artistic research, and the exhibitions Surfacing Solids / Symbiotic Stories at Galleri F15, Moss Galleri F15, Moss 19.01.23 .
  • Show author(s) (2022). Design, Anti-Design and Speculative Design, c. 1970 .
  • Show author(s) (2022). Book launch conversation with Anna Ulrikke Andersen.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Objective Enactive - Artist talk .
  • Show author(s) (2021). How Norway Made the World Whiter.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Crafting Design Theories for Change.
  • Show author(s) (2021). A History of Systems and Ethics.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Er byen en hjerne? Kybernetikk, globalisering og urbanisme ca. 1970.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Systems of Delos: Biology, Urbanism, Epistemology.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Negation and Speculation: On Critical Design.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Deep Ecology: History, Theory, Ethics .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Plattform for ung kunst og kritikk?
  • Show author(s) (2019). Om Johanne Hestvolds 'Beholdere' og nyere kunstfilosofi.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Klima for kritikk (arrangør av seminaret og leder av paneldebatt).
  • Show author(s) (2019). Degrowth Tendencies of the Norwegian Deep Ecology Movement.
  • Show author(s) (2018). (V)endepunkt. Kunst og tenkning etter postmodernismen.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Microenvironments, 1972: Eleven Episodes About an Uncertain Future.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Displaying the Future: A Journey Into the Unknown.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Why surfaces, why now? Introduction to Metode's first volume 'Deep Surface' .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Artist talk by Petrine Vinje: “Objective Enactive”.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Livsfugen i Kristiansand.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Fra hvitt til jord: Samtale med Marte Johnslien.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Air Conditions: Marte Eknæs - Forms of Flexibility .
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2024). Unsettling White: How Modernism Made the Surface Invisible.
  • Show author(s) (2024). Titanium Dioxide: An Arts-Based Archeology of an Unsettling Pigment.
  • Show author(s) (2024). On Earth, In Air, With Waste.
  • Show author(s) (2024). Epigenetics and Architecture: How the Built Environment Entered our DNA.
  • Show author(s) (2024). Deep Surface: An Ethical Theory of Materiality.
  • Show author(s) (2023). From White to Earth.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Materiality of White.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Material Withdraw: How Modernism Made the Surface Invisible.
  • Show author(s) (2022). From White Modernism to Human Tissue: The Toxic Entanglements of Titanium Dioxide.
  • Show author(s) (2021). White Entanglements: On Teaching Titanium White.
  • Show author(s) (2021). From White Walls to Human Cells: The Surface Sustainability of Titanium Dioxide, 1916-Present .
  • Show author(s) (2019). “The Universitas 1972: 'Radical Left' and 'Right-Wing Technocrats'”.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Notes on Flexibility.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Delos Ouroboros: Cybernetics/Brain/Epistemology.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Are We Plastic? Art and Thinking After Plastic.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Are We Plastic? Art and Thinking After Plastic.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Why We Must Destroy the Environment.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Notes on Ecology, Environmental Humanities, and Inescapabilty.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Are We Plastic? On Speculative Design and Gaetano Pesce's Plastic Bunker from the Year 3072.
  • Show author(s) (2018). 'Nothing better than a touch of ecology and catastrophe.' On Jean Baudrillard’s Attempt to Destroy the Environment, 1970.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Plastic: Physical and Metaphysical Destructiveness.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Hva er kunsthistorisk forskning? Om nyere tendenser i kunsthistoriefaget.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Design og anti-design: Aktivisme, estetikk og politikk.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Air Conditions: A Discussion on Architectural Aerodynamics.
  • Show author(s) (2016). ‘The Vegetable Garden’ at MoMA, 1972: An Eco-Survival Device for the Anthropocene.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Plastics and Plasticity: Gaetano Pesce in 1972, 2013 and 3000.
  • Show author(s) (2016). (Re)working the Past, (Dis)playing the Future: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972.
  • Show author(s) (2015). What Can Theory Do?
  • Show author(s) (2015). Utstillingens iverksettelseskraft. Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972.
  • Show author(s) (2015). These machines are switched on.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Power to the Object! Towards an Objectification of Exhibitions.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Jens Thiis og Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum som aktører i den europeiske utstillingsreformen.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Jens Thiis og Hans Dedekams utstillingsstrategier for kunstindustrimuseer.
Other presentation
  • Show author(s) (2023). Artistic Research - A Paradox? On Methods and Communication with Ingrid Halland, Jakob Oredsson and Petrine Vinje.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Kunsthistorie vs kunstnerisk forskning? .
Short communication
  • Show author(s) (2022). Ordet «kvit» er ikkje i seg sjølv rasistisk, sa professoren. Då vart det bråk. Khrono.no.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Debatten går, kan man bytte navn på kunstverk? Tja, sier kunsthistorikere. Khrono.no.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2022). Design in museums 2022: Towards an ethical design aesthetic . Formkraft.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Design i utakt. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Homogeneous Community. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Purisme nå. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Den norske popkunstens uventede kraft. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Museum Without Walls. Kunstkritikk International Edition.
  • Show author(s) (2017). En verden uten kontinuitet. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Museumsforteljingar: Vi og dei andre i kulturhistoriske museum. Sigrid Lien og Hilde Wallum Nielssen . Kunst og kultur. 191-192.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Ting og rom. Norvegiska Romá - Norske sigøynere på Oslo museum. Nordisk Museologi. 142-148.
Non-fiction book
  • Show author(s) (2023). På sporet av den tapte fremtid: Intervensjoner i norsk urbanisme og modernisme . ROM forlag.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Ung Uro: Unsettling Climates in Nordic Art, Architecture and Design. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
  • Show author(s) (2018). A Square on a Sphere: Marte Johnslien. Uten tittel.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2012). Utstillingsreform: En studie av Jens Thiis og Hans Dedekams utstillingsstrategier for kunstindustrimuseer 1895-1905 .
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Den grønne kuben. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Relasjonell skulptur. Emosjonell kunstner. Kunsthåndverk.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Air-condition er vår tids eksistensielle betingelse. Kunstkritikk.no.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Grunn forskning. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Når kunst blir bevis. Kunstkritikk.no.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Spekulativt om Snorre-tegninger. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2022). Becoming with Architecture: Making the Abstracted Space through Works and Words. 115.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Error Earth: Displaying Deep Cybernetics in "The Universitas Project" and Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, 1972.
  • Show author(s) (2023). – Akademikere har mye å lære av kunstfeltet.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Vi seier ikkje at Noreg har lansert rasistiske haldningar.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Sustainability needs to look different.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Livmorer og nanomaterialer.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Går hardt ut mot media etter rasismefokus.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Får 12 millioner skattekroner til å forske på hvordan Norge gjør verden «hvitere»: – Det aller tåpeligste jeg har sett noen gang.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fox News: «Norges regjering finansierer forskning for å finne ut om hvit maling er rasistisk.» – Upresis, svarer forskningsleder.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Eit norsk industrieventyr endra utsjanaden på verda.
  • Show author(s) (2023). A Nordic Revolt Against ‘Ugly’ Modern Architecture.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Vil ha mer kunstnerisk forskning.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Norway’s ilmenite: where history and innovation combine.
  • Show author(s) (2022). I Sokndal kom inspirasjonen til det som ble et verdensfenomen: Nå startes forskningsprosjekt med millionbudsjett for å lære mer om oppfinnelsen.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Er klimaprotestene negative for kunsten og museene? Nei, mener to kunsthistorikere .
  • Show author(s) (2022). 'Hånden bag det hele' av Heidi Laura.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Er Saccosekken farlig?
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2024). Material Circulation by Design: From Mining Modernism to Radical Reuse.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Upcycled regionalism: The Aesthetics of Geopolymer Concert. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Planteornamentikk, kopier og brudd: Om William Morris-rommet i Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum, cirka 1900. 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Beholder: or, the Unthought’s Negation. An Essay on Johanne Hestvold’s Sculptures . 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). (V)endepunkt: Plastikk og plastisitet i 1972/3072. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Fra system til kontekst: En utstillingsreform på tvers.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2023). Displaying Deep Surfaces: Introducing a field and a method. Metode (online).
Art exhibition
  • Show author(s) (2023). TiO2 Prøvefelt.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Urban Ecologies After A.I.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Unbroken Return.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Notes on Flexibility: On Radical Inflatables, Design Thinking, and Marte Eknæs' 'Air Body'.
  • Show author(s) (2023). 2001: En speiderodyssé .
Exhibition catalogue
  • Show author(s) (2018). A Square on A Sphere.
Popular scientific chapter/article
  • Show author(s) (2015). Norwegian Design.
Article in business/trade/industry journal
  • Show author(s) (2023). Fremtidens utdannelsesinstitusjon. Vagant.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Kunstfilosofi etter relasjoner. Contemporary Art Stavanger.
Interview Journal
  • Show author(s) (2020). Forskning for alle. Kunstkritikk.no.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • Principal Investigator of the research project «How Norway Made the World Whiter». Funded by The Research Council of Norway (Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal), 2022 – 2027

  • Co-Principle Investigator of the research project «The Materiality of White», led by Associate Professor Marte Johnslien. Funded by Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (DIKU), 2022 – 2025